The Niger Delta Avengers have accused the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.General Tukur Buratai, of lying to the President Muhammadu Buhari. The Army had claimed that the group that was responsible for the death of 50 soldiers in the creeks of the Niger Delta.
Buratai had said: “They have been attacking our troop locations, killing our soldiers. We will not tolerate them. We will deal with them according to the law. We will look for them wherever they are, they are not agitating for anything, and they are just into crime.”
In its counter accusation, Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, in a tweet yesterday, gave account of how the soldiers perished, and denied claims by the Army that it arrested 10 of its members, last Saturday, at Oporoza, saying there was no truth in the claim.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General T. Y. Buratai, in his statement said NDA killed Nigeria soldiers, it is a big lie. Chief of Army Staff, we are not the ones killing your soldiers, stop lying,” the group said in a series of tweets.
“The Chief of Army Staff deployed personnel to the creeks without amphibian training, that led to the death of about 50 soldiers. If not for the help of local fishermen, the death rate would have been up to 100.
“He has been lying to his Commander in Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari that NDA are killing soldiers. This is our stand; we have not killed any soldier. If we do, we will claim responsibility because we take pride and responsibility in all we are doing. That is our code.
“Nigeria military also lied that NDA killed soldiers. We have not engaged in combat with them, but if they want us to kill them, let them come after us,” the group said.